Gladys Werner-Walker - Athlete - 1984

"Skeeter" Werner Walker began her skiing career at the age of one year in 1934 as the oldest of the famous Werner family that included Olympians Buddy and Loris. The Steamboat Springs native had entered serious competition by the fifth grade. Ski competition became her life, and in 1949 she came to national attention by winning the West of the Mississippi Championships in Sun Valley.   For the following two years, she reigned as the queen of the Junior Nationals circuit, winning at Alta in 1950 and again in Stowe, Vermont in 1951. Skeeter's international career started in 1953 when she became a member of the U.S. FIS Team; she placed 10th in the downhill.   Skeeter retired from competition due to a broken leg in 1957, and in 1961 she returned to Steamboat Springs and started the Werner Storm Hut Ski Shop with her brother, Buddy Werner. In 1962, she started the Steamboat Ski School and served as the director and owner until 1969. She remained active as a coach for the Colorado Junior National Team from 1965 to 1966 and the Steamboat Winter Sports Club from 1966 to 1968. She consistently supported the University of Colorado Ski Team and the Buddy Werner League in Steamboat.  (Deceased)